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Neighborhood Art House Children greet ANNA Shelter dogs.
ANNA Shelter's director, Ruth Thompson, visits Neighborhood Art House.Patti Eichen, shown here holding Rocco, is both a member of the Neighborhood Art House staff and a volunteer at the ANNA Shelter.  She was the impetus behind this project.Neighborhood Art House Bandanas for the Anna Shelter.Rocco receives a Neighborhood Art House Bandana.
You look pretty, Maggie!Girl and Dog - a natural affinityNeighborhood Art House students were excited to present their bandanas to the shelter.
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After months of printing and stamping them, the children in Sarah Everett's Printmaking class were ready to present several hundred colorful bandanas to the ANNA Shelter. The intention was that these bandanas, stamped with the Art House logo and the words Handmade with love by a student at the Inner City Neighborhood Art House, would be worn by each dog as it was adopted and left the shelter for its "Forever Home."

On April 4, Ruth Thompson, Director of the ANNA Shelter and several volunteers brought three very friendly young dogs to visit the children. Shown here are two of the children putting into practice the procedure that Ruth described for greeting an unfamiliar dog. She told them that when two humans meet for the first time, they shake hands. To shake hands with a new dog, offer your hand palm up and give the dog a little scratch under the chin. "They'll know you are friendly and won't harm them," she said. "After that, you can go ahead and pet them on the head."

The children had a wonderful time meeting and greeting their visitors. Those who had prepared them were happy to show off their beautiful bandanas and to have a picture taken of them with their visitors.

  • Air dry clay with paint. Collaborative project by clay students (ages 7-14) - 2017

    Air dry clay with paint. Collaborative project by clay students (ages 7-14) 2017

  • Air dry clay with paint. Collaborative project by clay students (ages 7-14) - 2017

    Air dry clay with paint. Collaborative project by clay students (ages 7-14) - 2017

  • Relief Print. Valentino (age 11) - 2017

  • Relief Print. Kat (age 10) - 2017

  • Tempera painting. Nariman (age 7) - 2017

  • Tempera painting. Maksim (age 8) - 2017

  • Mixed Media Mosaic. Lilyanna (age 8) - 2017

  • Mixed Media Mosaic. Siarhei (age 8) - 2017

  • Relief Print. Julliana (age 9) - 2017

  • Reductive Relief Print. Jahir (age 14) - 2017

  • Polymer Clay. Isis (age 11) - 2017

  • Polymer Clay. Dziana (age 9) - 2017

    Polymer Clay. Dziana (age 9) - 2017.

  • Watercolor painting. Oscar (age 13) - 2016

Coming Events

June 5 at 4:00 pm

DISCOVER YOUR INNER ARTIST: Choose one of the 8 painting sessions for adults being held from 4:00 - 6:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 on June 5, 6, 12 and 13. Click on the link above for details.

September 12 at 5:00 pm


Neighborhood Art House Summer Program 2017

Registration Forms for the 2017 Summer Session are now available! They may be picked up at the Neighborhood Art House office, 201 East 10th Street, Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Forms are also available for download: The 2017 Summer Schedule is the registration form for classes. One form is to be submitted for each child being registered. Only one Participation Agreement needs to be completed for the family.

The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House Summer Program provides classes in music, art, environmental action and exercise for children and youth ages 7-18. This program of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie strives to provide arts and environmental enrichment for children living in the economically disadvantaged areas of the city. Because of the generosity of our donors these classes are available at no cost to the participants.

Morning Session:
10:00 A.M. - Noon; ages 7 - 14
Hooked on Books for Kids: 12:05 - 12:35
Afternoon Session:
1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. ages 10 - 18

Week One June 19 - June 23 (five days)
Week Two June26 - June 30 (five days)
Week Three July 3 - 7 (four days, no classes July 4)
Week 4 July 10 - July 14 (five days)
Week 5 July 17 - July 20 (four days)

Photo Slideshows

Art House Classes: Spring to Summer

NAH Summer Field Trips

Contact Information

Neighborhood Art House
201 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16503

Telephone: (814) 455-5508
Fax: (814) 480-8942

Sister Annette Marshall, OSB
Executive Director

Sister Peg Pilewski, OSB
Program Director

Inner-City Neighborhood Art House • 201 East 10th Street • Erie, PA 16503 • T: (814) 455-5508 • F: (814) 480-8942